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Online tools for the modern bride

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Must-try wedding planning tools

Getting married shouldn't be stressful. Make sure the planning process goes smoothly with our picks for some helpful online tools every modern bride can use.
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Wedding wine and liquor calculator

Wedding wine and liquor calculator

It's not always easy to know how much alcohol you're going to need for your wedding reception (if your venue allows you to bring your own). The last thing you want to do is underestimate and then leave guests in the lurch when they want a drink. We've all been to weddings where something runs out — be it white wine, your spirit of choice or beer — and it's never fun for anyone, especially the bride and groom. Make sure you always have enough with the help of this handy calculator. Input the number of guests you're expecting, what you're serving (full bar or wine, beer and Champagne only) and the time of day you're celebrating to get an estimate.

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Wedding day virtual hair makeover

Wedding day virtual hair makeover

You've got the dress, the shoes and the accessories — now you just need to figure out the perfect hairstyle for your big day. Cut any styling-related stress right out of the equation by using this fun hair makeover tool that allows you to “try” different hair looks. Either choose the model that most closely resembles your own face, or even better, upload a photo to test out how various hairstyles (loose updo, side ponytail) will look on you. Note: You'll have to register with The Knot to be able to use the tool.

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Wedding bouquet finder

Wedding bouquet finder

The wedding bouquet should never be an afterthought. The blooms you hold as you walk down the aisle are an extension of your overall look and should be eye-catching yet not take away from your dress. We love this cool tool that helps you choose the perfect bouquet. Input your wedding season, color palette and the symbolism that's meaningful to you (happy life and marriage, expectation and hope, etc.) and you'll get some flower suggestions to match.

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Wedding cost estimator

Wedding cost estimator

Sticking to a wedding budget (or even coming up with one in the first place) can be one of the most stressful things about tying the knot. Make the whole process a little easier with a tool that helps estimate total cost, based on a number of factors. Input things like zip code, number of guests, how far from home your wedding will be, words that best describe your wedding (e.g. formal, simple, rustic, traditional, etc.) and what you'll need (dress, tuxedo, hair and makeup service, etc.) to get an estimate of how much your wedding will cost. You can then figure out how to scale back, or try and stick to that number if it works for you.

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Candy box filler calculator

Candy box filler calculator

Candy in boxes makes a great wedding favor or simply a nice added element to have on tables for guests to nibble on. But figuring out how much candy you'll need to buy to fill those boxes can be frustrating. Rather than give yourself a candy-related headache, use a calculator to do the work for you. Choose the type of candy you'll be using (jelly beans, Hershey's Kisses, etc.), candies per box and number of favor boxes you have to get an idea of how much you'll need to buy.

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Color palette generator

Color palette generator

Stuck on what color palette you want to go with for your wedding? Coming up with something that feels just right might be even tougher than choosing a dress. We suggest getting some inspiration from your favorite photos. This helpful tool allows you to upload a photo and will generate a color palette based on that image. Choose something that has some hues that really speak to you (beach shot, something with gorgeous fall colors) and see what the tool comes up with.

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What cool wedding tools have you found online? Share in the comments below!

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